From the words of Marvin Gay’s song, ‘what’s going on?’ written during a time where some of the world’s greatest issues were taking place, civil rights movements, segregation and leadership issues.  Today, we are back in the same place where we are asking what’s going on? Because of the many issues, ranging from homosexuality and their rights, political differences (bi-partisan), Medicare and Medicaid (ObamaCare), and the economics and taxes of the most pressing issues. This is just to name only a few global issues facing President Obama and Congress. I ask myself, why waste time going back and forth about which political party Republican or Democratic has the best plan when the focus should be directed on creating a plan that will benefit ALL people and not a political party. 

Mike Moffatt said, “One of the most commonly discussed issues in economics is how tax rates relate to economic growth. Advocates of tax cuts claim that a reduction in the tax rate will lead to increased economic growth and prosperity. Others claim that if we reduce taxes, almost all of the benefits will go to the rich, as those are the ones who pay the most taxes.” What does economic theory suggest about the relationship between economic growth and taxation?

Taxes are mandatory and we are ordered to pay taxes no matter of our income status, race, religion or creed? As a devoted Christian myself, there are two things we should not debate and overlook and they are religion and money (taxes). “Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17).

From Abraham Lincoln to President Obama and other global leaders the controversy around economics, taxes and leadership issues will be forever in our present. “The Nation Demands a Leader” is the headline to an article written about one of the world’s well respected President, President Abraham Lincoln. It would be remised of me to overlook this powerful introduction to a great article; “Wanted A Leader!” was plastered on the headline of the New York Times after the fall of Fort Sumter. He stated that in every great crisis, the human heart demands a leader that incarnates its ideas, its emotions, and its aims. Guess who became the greatest leader during a difficult time in the world full of disorder and was considered unqualified to be the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln emerged to become one of the greatest leaders the nation has known today. Simply saying readers, do not underestimate the inexperienced leader because of one individual who will make a profound difference in a world where division, disorder, and complete disaster is on the table of all world leaders.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present…As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves” ~Abraham Lincoln

Here we are facing another time in history when the American people are saying “Wanted A Leader!” and our current leader President Barack Obama is having to face some of the world’s most pressing global issues. How will he do it, many are asking; what will he do different during his second term to better the economic deficiency we are facing in America? Leaders have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves. In addition to the mentioned great leaders, people such as George Bernard Shaw, Charles Darwin, Katharine Hepburn, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jean Piaget are leaders who continued to grow and develop a world was constant change and issues were evolving.

President Obama’s campaign slogan for his 2012 election was ‘Forward.’ Great slogan when issues are relevant and questions are being asked, global leaders, focus on what to do next. The president is facing global issues as both a leader and an American. People, issues are inevitable and every leader will inherit and/or create new issues as long as time keeps moving forward or what my grandmother would say, “as we keep living.”

There is no remedy to cure the current issues with economics, taxes, and leadership, because if there was then there wouldn’t be any global issues, ‘right?’ So keep praying for America and lean on the hope that inspired President Obama’s campaign slogan, “Forward” as we move through the next four years under his leadership and the pursuit of world peace.

Be blessed,

Dr. Ketra

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